The Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics (MSGDA) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, prepares students for the exciting field of genomic data analytics through a unique combination of foundational coursework in human genetics, cutting-edge courses in the applied life sciences, and an innovative human genomics curriculum. This unique program gives students an opportunity to work side-by-side with future genetic counselors and applied life scientists while gaining hands-on experience with the technologies and information that are revolutionizing the future of medicine.

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Program Benefits


You will gain real industry experience with a hands-on project at a genomics company or clinical lab


Within the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, MSGDA students work side-by-side with future genetic counselors and applied life scientists


You will be able to translate patient sequencing data into clinical recommendations and bridge the gap between research scientists and clinical practitioners

Day in the Life of an MSGDA Student

Where Can Your MSGDA Degree Take You?

Here are the top occupations for KGI graduates from the MSGDA program:

  • Variant curator / Clinical variant scientist
  • Clinical genomics scientist
  • Genomic data scientist
  • Research scientist

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KGI Launches Certificate in Applied Genomics to Train Life Sciences Professionals in the Latest Genomics Developments

The life sciences technology industry is undergoing a sea change as advances in genomics technology are rapidly moving from the research lab into clinical settings and drug development. Genome sequencing over the past few years...
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KGI’s Summer Program Inspires Incoming Student Cynthia Martinez to Pursue a Career in Genomic Data Analytics

Future Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) student Cynthia Martinez has long been interested in genetics. After attending KGI's Clinical Genetics and Bioinformatics Summer Program (CGB), she decided to pursue a career in genomic data analytics. Since...
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KGI Student Tamerisa Dyer, Mother of Five, Returns to School After 25-Year Hiatus to Pursue Career in Genomic Data Analytics

After being out of school for 25 years—raising and homeschooling her five children during the interim—Tamerisa Dyer, MSGDA '22, is finishing up her first year in Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)'s Master of Science in Human...
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Professor Barbara Bailus Named Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Assistant Professor of Genetics Barbara Bailus recently accepted the position as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST), a volunteer organization dedicated to finding...
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Who Should Apply?

Anyone who is interested in:

  • Personalized or precision medicine
  • Drug development using genetics and genomics
  • Development of new genetic or genomic tests
  • Development of direct-to-consumer genomic tests or products
  • Using big data to advance health

Program Leadership

Barbara Kraatz Fortini, PhD

MSGDA Program Director
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Barbara Bailus, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics
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